Apple's iOS 6 Maps miss the landmark, literally

 

 

Apple launched iOS 6 for its family of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices on Wednesday. One of the biggest new features of the mobile operating system is the new Maps app, which replaces the well established and well researched Google Maps app.

While Apple's Map app has some cool features, including 3D city maps based on real photos for some locations, it is also being slammed for lots of seemingly obvious mistakes.

The UK edition of the Huffington Post has listed some of the more glaring errors in the iOS 6 map app. One of the biggest is not showing Stratford Upon Avon, which is the birthplace of a little known playwright called William Shakespeare. Other errors include showing stores on the map that have been closed for years and labeling a 35 acre farm in Ireland as an airfield.

Awareness of the issues is continuing to spread far beyond the tech community and into the top headlines of major news outlets. News of the problems faced by Apple's new mapping software has remained the most read article on BBC News for much of the day.

 

News.com reports that Tom Tom created some of the data for Apple's iOS 6 map application (among a dozen or so companies). A statement from the company said, "We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4 million TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

Update: The Tumblr site, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, has been busy collecting user-submitted images that show Apple's lack of quality control over the images in the map application. Here is one example, which shows the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, one of the most well known landmarks around the world, that's warped beyond all recognition in the iOS 6 map app.

Here's another example, showing a building on the University of Chicago campus that looks like it's been melted in a big microwave.

Source: News.com | Image via Apple/Huffington Post

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I'm surprised Apple would release something of such low quality. I don't use an iPhone, but it would be a shame if Apple is also heading down a "Get it out the door" policy, rather than waiting till it's perfect.

just checked out bing maps after hearing people say it is US only... just to find out its completely false, im looking in brazil right this second and just checked my house out in canada

logicwin said,
just checked out bing maps after hearing people say it is US only... just to find out its completely false, im looking in brazil right this second and just checked my house out in canada
Its not US only, only fools scream that. However navigation and all, is not globally and just a select few countries.

Dodgy 3D rendering is really the least of the problems in the Apple Maps. I didn't think that Apple would ever release such a piece of ****.

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL !! There struggling to keep there head above water! Keep suing everyone for as much money as they can get.. Because from here on in, there screwed! bahahaha!!

Game over!

Regards,
Atari

that's an half baked app, that's for sure. and it's funny to see that, when Apple does something great everyone praises them; when Apple fails the hardcore fanboiz blame everybody and everyonce, not Apple.

Praetor said,
that's an half baked app, that's for sure. and it's funny to see that, when Apple does something great everyone praises them; when Apple fails the hardcore fanboiz blame everybody and everyonce, not Apple.

Really? I love my iPhone 4 and my other Apple products, but Apple Maps is the worst Maps app I've ever used and the blame is entirely on Apple.
I'm a long time Apple user but this f*ck up has made me seriously considering switching to WP or Android.

It's not just the building, look closely and you'll see that everything seems destroyed with the new Map apps... The data used must be corrupted beyond repair...

"Give it time"
Wow, the typical apple-programmed answer.

This is all funny, though.
The tumblr page has almost made me **** my pants for LOLing so hard!

"We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4 million TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

Yeah, selling a lot of something is evidence that it's good quality. What a iDiot.
As they say, I guess denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

PaCpiS said,
Save some headaches and just wait for the .. wait for it ... LUMIA 920

Gotta wait till November, they'll be late to the game considering their current competitors, S3 and iPhone5, are already released ~.~
I'm waiting aswell though, I tried samsungs, HTC's and motorola's over the years. And seen countless of shattered iphone screens and slow as a brick older generation iPhone's. I'm sticking with Nokia. My 6310i still works flawlessly eventhough its been through so much damage and destruction, it should not be working in any way. Drowning a few times, falling from a 3rd story onto concrete, usual drops while on a bike, a 1,5ton car driving over it... Besides a few scratches (most are from opening beer... love nokia for that too being beer openers and all) and 1 missing button. The thing still works!

C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Yeah, but Google Maps wasn't ever this bad. Apple really dropped the ball on this one. Hopefully they'll pull their heads out of their asses and switch back over to Google Maps.

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Yeah, but Google Maps had a beta tag for how long.....

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Google Maps was never that inaccurate. Come on I love my iPhone 4 and other Apple products, but you have to admit that Apple Maps is by far the worst app to be released by Apple in a long time (ever?).

Shadowzz said,

Most of Google's products hold a BETA tag.

Exactly, there's a reason for that as well. Remember the woman who tried to sue Google over the walking directions?

I love the stories of people so brain dead, as to follow the directions of any GPS map, that drive off cliffs, boat docks, down through fences, trucks that get stuck in narrow streets, all because "the GPS told me to".
If people would use COMMON SENSE, hospitals would never need to constantly expand their emergency rooms.
Not only are some people obsessive, they are just plain stupid.

naap51stang said,
I love the stories of people so brain dead, as to follow the directions of any GPS map, that drive off cliffs, boat docks, down through fences, trucks that get stuck in narrow streets, all because "the GPS told me to".
If people would use COMMON SENSE, hospitals would never need to constantly expand their emergency rooms.
Not only are some people obsessive, they are just plain stupid.

It seems to barely happen now, but I remember when TomTom got famous here in Holland and it happened constantly 'Take a left here' and people without noticing would drive into ditches, trees, other cars and wat not Was fun though.

I tried using the maps today to find something and it couldn't. I dislike the maps. Why couldn't they have left Google maps on it?!

Dane said,
I tried using the maps today to find something and it couldn't. I dislike the maps. Why couldn't they have left Google maps on it?!

Google Maps costs money.

They are hoping that Google sticks a free version in the App Store.

Sacha said,

Google Maps costs money.

They are hoping that Google sticks a free version in the App Store.


At this point Google could release a $50 maps app in the App Store and watch millions of users around the world downloading it like there was no tomorrow (I would).

TheDogsBed said,
Wikipedia's current entry on Apple made me chuckle:

'On September 12, 2012, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, featuring an enlarged screen, more powerful processors, and a broken mapping application.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc.

Sadly it looks like someone's removed the bit about the maps application.

dragon2611 said,

Sadly it looks like someone's removed the bit about the maps application.


Well it's not relevant to iPhone 5. It's an iOS 6 feature. Works (or not) on 4S too.

Well this has turned into a bit of a PR mess for Apple. First the bizarro wifi issue yesterday and this is even worse.

I can't wait for the excuses to start including "The GPS signal isn't compatable with our GPS spec"... "that's why it takes you to the wrong places, we are waiting for the US Gov to reflash all the GPS stat's with new code"... kinda like they pulled with the WiFi signal stuff

neufuse said,
I can't wait for the excuses to start including "The GPS signal isn't compatable with our GPS spec"... "that's why it takes you to the wrong places, we are waiting for the US Gov to reflash all the GPS stat's with new code"... kinda like they pulled with the WiFi signal stuff

The maps themselves are completely f*cked up. GPS/Wi-Fi has nothing to do with it.

Couldn't have happened to a better company. It would be nice if Google doesn't accept them back either when it comes to the maps.

I would really like to upgrade to iOS 6 but at the moment I don't consider that an option since I use the maps all the time for walking directions, and I can't find anything that's an acceptable substitute for Google Maps for me at the moment. If iOS hadn't had it at the time I would have gone with Android.

This is annoying as it means foregoing a lot of really good features, apparently.

I would really like to upgrade to iOS 6 but at the moment I don't consider that an option since I use the maps all the time for walking directions, and I can't find anything that's an acceptable substitute for Google Maps for me at the moment. If iOS hadn't had it at the time I would have gone with Android.

This is annoying as it means foregoing a lot of really good features, apparently.

singularity87 said,
I would really like to upgrade to iOS 6 but at the moment I don't consider that an option since I use the maps all the time for walking directions, and I can't find anything that's an acceptable substitute for Google Maps for me at the moment. If iOS hadn't had it at the time I would have gone with Android.

This is annoying as it means foregoing a lot of really good features, apparently.


Google maps, bing maps? or countless others

The reality distortion field at work, even apple isn't immune. Duplicate islands and missing towns are just the beginning

I recommend the app Waze for anyone who does a lot of driving and needs good directions.

It's available for Android and I believe for the other big OS's too.

I've found that:
a) the map data is accurate
b) it's quite easy to use
c) gets updated very fast by other users so you don't get alerted about the cop after he's pulled you over or about the traffic jam once you hit the back end of it.

Leonick said,
Waze is one of the sources apple use though, one would think they'd have many of the same issues then?

They have TomTom as a source too, and TomTom is really acurate in the EU.

IMHO, iOS 3.2.1 was the best, good balance of battery life and performance.
Rip iPhone 3g, my old pal.

Android ftw!

Apple took a risk with the maps and relied too much on a 3rd party company for the mapping data. It doesn't mean Apple is stupid or iOS is horrible; however, it does bring into question the Tom Tom devices if that is who they partnered.

Apple needed to get away from Google, and the Nokia dealings gave Apple trepidation about partnering with Bing, although I still think that would have been the best option for them, and built their own App from the Bing data.

As I have said before, if you are using navigation, pick up a commercial App or flip to another free solution that gets more testing and is updated more often like Bing maps.

I personally fall back to Navigon, having been a fan of their stand alone devices for years. There were one of the first that had accurate lane and speed limit information. Having the speed limit warning is a nice GPS feature when you are driving through speed trap little towns in a Vette.

thenetavenger said,
Apple needed to get away from Google, and the Nokia dealings gave Apple trepidation about partnering with Bing, although I still think that would have been the best option for them, and built their own App from the Bing data.

Bing isn't even an option. While the current data might be awfully crappy in many cases there is at least some data outside the US, Bing maps are US only unless they added any more countries recently.

Leonick said,

Bing isn't even an option. While the current data might be awfully crappy in many cases there is at least some data outside the US, Bing maps are US only unless they added any more countries recently.

Well if WP devices are anything to go by, the maps app (powered by bing maps as far as I know) is spot on.

Leonick said,

Bing isn't even an option. While the current data might be awfully crappy in many cases there is at least some data outside the US, Bing maps are US only unless they added any more countries recently.

Bings maps are available for many countries outside of the US.

Shadowzz said,

Bing maps is, but not turn by turn navigation and that stuff.

Probably, but the problem with Apple Maps is not really the navigation: the problem is that the maps are completely inaccurate which makes them unusable as maps.
Bing Maps, even if they may not have the same level of accuracy/update as Google Maps, seem to be accurate enough for day to day use.

The mapping is awful, it was nice for Google to release a separate YouTube app, now we just need them to release a Maps app.

I just updated my 2nd iPad to IOS6 and i cannot believe how gullible and ****ty Apple's new map thingy is, i don't want anyone to take my words but you've got to see it to believe it.

The sat images are way old. i looked at the ones for my house and it was about 6-7 years old. Google's was only 2 years old. I looked at some other sites and it was OK, but they are missing a lot of clarity that was there before.

Other then that IOS 6 is snapper on my IPhone 4 and runs well.

thejohnnyq said,
The sat images are way old. i looked at the ones for my house and it was about 6-7 years old. Google's was only 2 years old. I looked at some other sites and it was OK, but they are missing a lot of clarity that was there before.

Other then that IOS 6 is snapper on my IPhone 4 and runs well.


Interesting, the aerial imagery is actually what has been good in my case (even though some is greyscale), the locations in Sweden I've checked has been fairly recent photos, on google everything seem to be around three years old.

iOS 6 Maps = rushed business decision to get Google out the equation. Functionality has suffered as a result. Product is way too untested for release.

Youngy said,
iOS 6 Maps = rushed

Hmmm I don't think it was rushed, they are buying map related companies since 2009. I'll bet is more on the testing side, same thing happened with the antenna gate problem.

Now people can see how terribly inaccurate Tomtoms really are. Always hated using a Tom Tom's because it would never give an up to date location for stores that had moved or closed years prior. Was happen when I got my first car that had a navigation system build in that keeps itself up to date. I would hope that Apple finds a better source for its data. The software seems to run perfectly fine but the data it has is out of date and/or incomplete. Given that the source is Tom Tom, not really surprising though.

ILikeTobacco said,
Now people can see how terribly inaccurate Tomtoms really are.

Agree, but hopefully this whole thing pushes Apple to push TomTom and get it in the right place

ILikeTobacco said,
Now people can see how terribly inaccurate Tomtoms really are. Always hated using a Tom Tom's because it would never give an up to date location for stores that had moved or closed years prior. Was happen when I got my first car that had a navigation system build in that keeps itself up to date. I would hope that Apple finds a better source for its data. The software seems to run perfectly fine but the data it has is out of date and/or incomplete. Given that the source is Tom Tom, not really surprising though.

I don't quite see how this is tom tom's fault, they only provided some of the data being used, how it has actually been implemented by Apple is the problem

Teebor said,

I don't quite see how this is tom tom's fault, they only provided some of the data being used, how it has actually been implemented by Apple is the problem

True, in any case the complain is against Apple since they provide the service to us.

ILikeTobacco said,
Now people can see how terribly inaccurate Tomtoms really are.

I'm not suprised some iFans are still trying to shift the blame but the problem isn't the data alone, TomTom may not be the best but they are not THAT horrible. Sometimes outdated, okay, but their systems work alright, a lot of people use them here in Europe. iOS6 Maps on the other hand is a complete joke right now, in the US but especially everywhere else.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19659736 "A spokesman told the BBC that its maps provided only a "foundation" to the service. [..] We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4m TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

Edited by dr_crabman, Sep 20 2012, 7:14pm :

dr_crabman said,

I'm not suprised some iFans are still trying to shift the blame but the problem isn't the data alone, TomTom may not be the best but they are not THAT horrible. Sometimes outdated, okay, but their systems work alright, a lot of people use them here in Europe. iOS6 Maps on the other hand is a complete joke right now, in the US but especially everywhere else.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19659736 "A spokesman told the BBC that its maps provided only a "foundation" to the service. [..] We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4m TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

They got the data from TomTom and the data is incomplete. If the data is somehow worse than what is on a current TomTom(btw its not) then it is because TomTom didn't give all the data it had over.

ILikeTobacco said,
Now people can see how terribly inaccurate Tomtoms really are. Always hated using a Tom Tom's because it would never give an up to date location for stores that had moved or closed years prior. Was happen when I got my first car that had a navigation system build in that keeps itself up to date. I would hope that Apple finds a better source for its data. The software seems to run perfectly fine but the data it has is out of date and/or incomplete. Given that the source is Tom Tom, not really surprising though.

I can't find it now, but somebody on MacRumors posted images from TomTom side by side with Apple Maps and the TomTom ones didn't have the same errors. Apple has cocked something up.

I also have a TomTom sat nav with IQ routes and, whilst it's not perfect, it's not as bad as Apple's offering.

Wait, I had the old Maps app powered by google send me to wrong locations before, this is not new. Even if this new version is somehow worse than others it should not stop anyone from upgrading to iOS6, you can still use google maps by going to maps.google.com and it works like the old one, you can also use Bing maps from the Bing app, and there's thousands of other turn by turn apps on the app store.

Yes, we want that Apple and TomTom get this working and people should still complain, but saying that this is Apple's downfall, or avoiding to upgrade to iOS6 just because of one feature doesn't make any sense.

Now let's just wait for the Samsung commercial making fun of the maps app and have a laugh

cybertimber2008 said,
They duplicated islands! http://asset0.cbsistatic.com/c...2/09/20/maps-app-glitch.png
Going to the wrong place is one thing... missing a city or a landmark like Stratford Upon Avon is another.

Again, I said: "people should still complain". My point is: don't let this stop you from upgrading to iOS 6, there are many cool features to have, and if maps fails there are many alternatives including free ones.

Yesterday we had people in another post talking about how Apple excels at design and user experience. Then they take perfectly decent map software and replace it with their own experimental version which clearly is a) rubbish, b) not ready, c) dangerously inaccurate.

technikal said,
Yesterday we had people in another post talking about how Apple excels at design and user experience. Then they take perfectly decent map software and replace it with their own experimental version which clearly is a) rubbish, b) not ready, c) dangerously inaccurate.
Seems to be the data that is the problem, not the software. The only complaints people have is the data, so not sure how rubbish is a descriptor to the software side. The software is clearly ready since with the data it has, it gives you working directions, keeps track of your location, etc. It's only current issues seems to be the inaccuracy of the data.

ILikeTobacco said,
Seems to be the data that is the problem, not the software. The only complaints people have is the data, so not sure how rubbish is a descriptor to the software side. The software is clearly ready since with the data it has, it gives you working directions, keeps track of your location, etc. It's only current issues seems to be the inaccuracy of the data.

The software is clearly ready?
http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com

ILikeTobacco said,
It's only current issues seems to be the inaccuracy of the data.

Well if it's 'only' the data (not true at all btw, the results are way worse than they have any right to be) which took Google and MS respectively many years and a LOT of work to get where it is now then no problem i guess. Will be solved by... 2016.

dr_crabman said,

Well if it's 'only' the data (not true at all btw, the results are way worse than they have any right to be) which took Google and MS respectively many years and a LOT of work to get where it is now then no problem i guess. Will be solved by... 2016.

You said its not true and then describe a data issue anyway. Maybe you just worded it wrong but again, that's not a software issue. That is a data issue. You can't results that don't exist in the data set.

ILikeTobacco said,
I see an unclear image and missing locations... so yes, that's a data issue, not a software issue.

lol whatever.

Pure fail though.

ILikeTobacco said,
I see an unclear image and missing locations... so yes, that's a data issue, not a software issue.

Is this a data issue or a software issue?

http://theamazingios6maps.tumb...-route-requires-transporter

(start and end of those directions are not the actual start and end points).

How about these?

http://theamazingios6maps.tumb...directions-in-soho-new-york
http://theamazingios6maps.tumb...tively-try-to-avoid-getting

(directions take you AWAY from the destination)

Stop defending this god awful software.

ILikeTobacco said,
It's only current issues seems to be the inaccuracy of the data.

Given that mapping software is intrinsically connected to the data it serves ... no, that's not really a reasonable get-out clause. Plus it doesn't excuse pushing the bad data it *does* have.

Well if it's just the data that is the problem, this software will never work right.
The data is the hardest part to get.

And Apple got its data from a dozen different companies. Yet, each single company/mapping has better map data than Apple. How is that even possible?

OpenStreetMaps isn't that great yet it easily beats Apple's maps side-by-side.

ILikeTobacco said,
I see an unclear image and missing locations... so yes, that's a data issue, not a software issue.

It's a software issue. If the data is messed up, which the software HEAVILY relies on, then it's a software issue. The data basically is the software anyway, the rest of the "software" is nothing without it and basically just a container/UI/graphics.

I'm surprised. I've been finding iOS6 to be very good and the new maps very cool. I used it to search multiple locations and no problems. I even used it to get home last night and got the voice prompts via bluetooth on my car's audio system. Even so, if it fails miserably there are other options like Garmin (which I have and it's great).

iOS6 is like the top of the iceberg for Apple's "downfall". They have stopped innovating. They better deliver with iPhone 6 and iOS7.

x-byte said,
iOS6 is like the top of the iceberg for Apple's "downfall". They have stopped innovating. They better deliver with iPhone 6 and iOS7.

I disagree, instead of carrying on with the same map app, they've looking to push out their own, which can be better developed, more features than the current without google holding them to randsom.
The maps app is currently lacking at the moment, but give it time.

barteh said,

I disagree, instead of carrying on with the same map app, they've looking to push out their own, which can be better developed, more features than the current without google holding them to randsom.
The maps app is currently lacking at the moment, but give it time.

Of course that's what people say when it comes to Apple. Seems it's a one way street in that aspect since they bash Android constantly. Isn't it still being developed just as the Apple map app is? Oh but god forbid we give anyone other then Apple 'time'...

barteh said,

I disagree, instead of carrying on with the same map app, they've looking to push out their own, which can be better developed, more features than the current without google holding them to randsom.
The maps app is currently lacking at the moment, but give it time.

Give it time, meanwhile it's a steaming pile of horse s**t that can't be used to find anything.

Maybe they should have been working on this 'better developed map' while keeping the one that works.
And then, you know, when theirs is decent/usable, they could switch.

Yeah it's pretty pathetic. The town I live in (Basingstoke in the UK) is marked about 5 miles over to the west of where it actually is. It's not a small town either so I have no idea how that could be possible.

Wow it looks like Apple really are in trouble. The maps looks like a disaster, it's suppose to be the major feature this year to 'the best mobile OS'. The design looks horrible for a start when compared to Bing and Google maps. I can imagine it being really hard to read names and see what road you want on a phone. Then there is the technically issues which have been talked about enough.

What was the last big app Apple developed? Apple removed features from Siri which they had to buy.

Well the data (which is screwed up) doesn't come from Apple obviously. It's TomTom and OpenStreetMaps mostly. However, OpenStreetMaps is looking way better than Apple's implementation (side-by-side).
Apple might have made the UI.

They've not long bought out the maps app company, and as such the App is still in its infancy stage.
I think they would rather have flipped google the bird then leave it another year to release the maps app.

barteh said,
I think they would rather have flipped google the bird then leave it another year to release the maps app.
Coming out with something worse than Google Maps is hardly an effective method of doing that.

Kirkburn said,
Coming out with something worse than Google Maps is hardly an effective method of doing that.

Agreed, but not having to pay them dividends for every IOS user using the google maps API is

barteh said,

Agreed, but not having to pay them dividends for every IOS user using the google maps API is

I thought Google made their map app and released it for iOS? Why would Apple be paying Google any dividends. Also, isn't the API for Google Maps free?

KCRic said,
I thought Google made their map app and released it for iOS? Why would Apple be paying Google any dividends. Also, isn't the API for Google Maps free?

Apple had a licensing deal with Google for the maps and youtube app, which they haven't renewed

The Google Maps API is far from free, there are maximum requests for free and then charges.

Glassed Silver said,

That's classic!

GS:mac

When I was going in store to change something with my order it directed me to one that's been closed....(The man on the phone also told me to go there, not knowing it's actually closed)... so had to travel another 30 miles.

Lunfai said,

When I was going in store to change something with my order it directed me to one that's been closed....(The man on the phone also told me to go there, not knowing it's actually closed)... so had to travel another 30 miles.

LOL what a fail...

Tyler R. said,
iOS 6 is garbage. I'm sticking with iOS 5.1.1 until things get better.

Minus maps, I find it to be better performing with refreshments to the GUI. The new features are also handy too. It's a great update and aside from Google Maps missing (which can be accessed from maps.google.com) I'm glad I made the jump.

Tyler R. said,
iOS 6 is garbage. I'm sticking with iOS 5.1.1 until things get better.
You could just download the Bing app and use Bing maps in the meantime.

Tyler R. said,
iOS 6 is garbage. I'm sticking with iOS 5.1.1 until things get better.

Just use another mapping App. If you are doing navigation, you should invest in a commercial product like Navigon, etc. anyway, as they are far more full featured than the free basic navigation Apps.

There are several including the good old Bing Maps if you want to stick with a free one that is accurate.

thenetavenger said,

Just use another mapping App. If you are doing navigation, you should invest in a commercial product like Navigon, etc. anyway, as they are far more full featured than the free basic navigation Apps.

There are several including the good old Bing Maps if you want to stick with a free one that is accurate.

Or you could just use Google Maps... Wait, is that available for iOS 6?

David Crane said,
Or you could just use Google Maps... Wait, is that available for iOS 6?

Not yet. I could honestly care less about the maps everyone. There are just tones of UI inconsistencies and it slows down my iPod Touch.

pickypg said,
You could just download the Bing app and use Bing maps in the meantime.

No, because Bing app is not available in my region.

Bing is shooting themselves in the foot by being US only (or equivalent). They can never compete against Google if they continue like this.

David Crane said,
Or you could just use Google Maps... Wait, is that available for iOS 6?

I think it's not available in the app store currently (trying to move away from Google?). You can use a web based one I believe

fetbaffe said,

No, because Bing app is not available in my region.

Bing is shooting themselves in the foot by being US only (or equivalent). They can never compete against Google if they continue like this.


This, MS needs to bring their Bing Division out into the world. I'm sick of their US only ways. They're practically handing hundreds of millions of people to Google. I'd figure MS would be smart enough to realise that Apple and Google gained most of their marketshare OUTSIDE the US. Google search for example became big in the EU allot faster then in the US. Where in the first few years, Yahoo was still upto 40-50% of search engine searches. In the EU Google was already well over 80% in marketshare.
EU 450m inhabitants vs US 350m.... Not counting the huge marketshare Google and Apple gained in Oceania, south-east Asia, middle east and north/south africa.

Shadowzz said,

This, MS needs to bring their Bing Division out into the world. I'm sick of their US only ways. They're practically handing hundreds of millions of people to Google. I'd figure MS would be smart enough to realise that Apple and Google gained most of their marketshare OUTSIDE the US. Google search for example became big in the EU allot faster then in the US. Where in the first few years, Yahoo was still upto 40-50% of search engine searches. In the EU Google was already well over 80% in marketshare.
EU 450m inhabitants vs US 350m.... Not counting the huge marketshare Google and Apple gained in Oceania, south-east Asia, middle east and north/south africa.

Yes, and even more crazy I have a Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7 and on that one I have a Bing maps app and it works without any problem for my region.

Why can't I have it on my iPad?

How many runs Windows Phone 7 compared to iOS?

What moron runs the Bing division?